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Any Of You Ever Been In A Semi-plane Crash?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3991 times:

Have any of you ever been a semi-plane crash or incident? By semi, I mean landing gear collapse, overrunning the runway, depressurization, or ANYTHING else you can think of? Nothing has ever happened to me and I'm just fine with that. I have to admit though, something like a landing gear collapse or overrunning the runway would be exciting, only if NO ONE got hurt though.

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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Does doing a go-around in a Piper Cherokee count?

A friend of mine was taking flight lessons and I went along for the ride. We were flying in and out of El Monte Airport (El Monte, CA) and we were flying around. he came in way too high on the approach, and we had to execute a go-around.

User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Lost an alternator 2x. Once when flying an Arrow out of MDW. VFR, less than twenty minutes out. Landed no biggie. Second time was in a Commander 115, lost it IFR on top of a solid widespread undercast that went down to the deck. After a few minutes we were able to bring it back online. Failed 3x more times on that flight, once while on the approach. Landed out of the ILS at SDF, no big deal.

Had the motor quit on me once at night in actual in a 182. Was just carb ice, after pulling the carb heat it went away w/out a problem. Had to keep it on the rest of the flight, went missed out of the VOR A into my destination, had to divert to my alternate and shoot the ILS to mins.

Friend of mine lost 2 cylinders in the same 182 without issue. Had a few encounters with ice and bad wx that I'd like to forget. In the past four years I've lost just about every one of my gyros at one point or another (always VFR, and never all at once yet!) Other than that, nope.

Only one that made the pucker factor go up was the alternator going out on me with no VFR in range. That said, I also could have done without the excitemnet just the same. I'm reminded of a line from Fate is the Hunter:
"A pilot may earn his enitre year's pay in just one night. And at that moment, he would be gladly give it all back for the privilage of not being there at the time."
E.K. Gann


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User currently offlineWJV04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 594 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

i had a flat on landing

User currently offlineAsgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 518 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

Last year I was in a Fokker 50 (TF-FIT) which aborted take-off (before leaving the ground) because of some problems with the hydraulic systems.

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User currently offlineAirontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

Bin on a AC767 where they had to shut off 1 engine

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

Electrical fire in a C-210 had to make emergency landing

User currently offlineSkyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

On my long cross country solo, I got a cracked cylinder in a C152 (you only have 4!). The engine lost a lot of power and started violently vibrating so I cut the throttle, declared an emergency and landed back where I came from.

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

I had all 3 radios fail at LHR on finals and had to go around.

We nearly diverted once because we couldn't get ANY toilets working on the flight. Then we got 5 toilets, which wasn't too bad so we continued to HKG.

Nothing too exciting.

User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3993 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

I had an engine blow on a DC-10 I was flying on in the 1980's; diverted back to the takeoff airport. It was *not* fun, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. You may think it would be "exciting" to have an incident happen to you, but you don't know that kind of fear until you feel it. Sept. 11 was the only other time I felt like that.

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User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1741 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3812 times:


The only semi-plane I was ever in was a Piper Apache, but it didn't crash.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

I have had an engine problem, and a couple gear probs, infact Skyguy11 was flying with me during one of the times with gear probs.

User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

I was on an American flight that depressurized and had to take an emergency landing at MIA. According to the flight crew, a bleeder valve failed badly, causing the decompression).

User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3738 times:


When I was 15 my family and I were leaving SFO and during take-off we heard two thumps. My father being a pilot quickly grabed both my Mom and I and said hold on. With that the plane threw all engines into full reverse and aborted take off. I've never heard or felt anything like that in my entire life. Things went flying to the front of the cabin. Three people who didn't have their seat belt fasterned very tightly where slammed into the seat infront of them. It turned out there was debis on the runway from work that was being done and three tires on the plane blew out. We were on a TWA L1011 I don't remember the flight number.


User currently offlineDee-see-eit From Spain, joined Jan 2000, 435 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

Nothing so special, but anyway not nice...

In a 733 of Easy-Jet at BCN, during take-off roll on rwy 20. After about 300 metres at full power, we heard a loud bang and the a/c went to the left side of the runway. The pilot managed to stop the plane and return to the terminal. After 3 hours of checking, the flight was canceled. From what the Captain told us, it was someting related to a solenoid valve which opens at 60 knots and in this case did not.

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On another ocasion it was a flight between Barcelona and Alicante on an Aviacio DC9, EC-BYF, during final approach to ALC, the pilot executed a missed approach and informed that the front landing gear-light did show that it was not locked. We performed a slow speed, low altitude control tower fly-by and they confirmed that the gear was down. The next approach was the defintive one and we landed with emergency vehicles standing by. The touchdown was very smooth and the pilot lowered the nose very carefully. Finally nothing happened and the gear was checked on the runway before we were cleared to taxi to the terminal...

This photo shows the a/c some months later in Iberia colors:

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User currently offline777guy From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

In the late 70's I was on a Delta L-1011 from ATL-ORD that had 3 rejected take-offs in a row. The 1st time we pulled on the runway and proceded on take-off roll. At a speed that was not too very fast the pilot pull back on throttles and we returned to apron area where mechanics checked out the #1 engine. Again we proceded to runway and after powering up and rolling a bit the pilot once again halted take-off and this time we parked at gate. The Captain told us that we had a "minor mechnical" [ love that term  Smile ]. We stayed on-board as mechanics once again checked out #1 and proceded back to runway for another try. Sure enough after throttles opened and we were rolling pilot once again shut down and this time we again returned to gate and deplaned. To say the least nobody included the crew was very happy at this point. After a fairly long wait another L-1011 was rounded up and this time we made it to Chicago safe and smoothly.
What was to have been a a long 4 1/2 hour wait for my next flight on North Central turned out to be a run to the gate. I flew on the L-1011 a bunch of times after that without any real incidences and still love that airplane.

User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Landing in an AC A320 at YYC we touched down, and while at the end of the runway, the aircraft suddenly lurched forward. Everyone was a little concerned, so the pilot came on and said " we applied the brakes a little harder so we could make the taxiway" I thought that was a BS answer, so after deboarding, I went up to the pilots and said "Level with me- there was some mechanical problem, right?" And the pilot said "The brake computer had a surge, and while switching to the backup, the brakes locked." Not sure if that was another BS answer or not, but kind of scary none the less- wouldn't want the brakes locking at 140 kts when landing!

Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

I was on a Britannia flight from LTN to LPA when there was a problem with the air conditioning system. The flight returned to LTN and departed again 3hrs later

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